Writers Quotes


You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.

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Horseradish

Lemony Snicket

Horseradish

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.

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As a writer, you should not judge, you should understand.

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.

Charlotte's Web

E.B. White

Charlotte's Web

great writers are indecent people
they live unfairly
saving the best part for paper.
good human beings save the world
so that bastards like me can keep creating art,
become immortal.
if you read this after I am dead
it means I made it.

Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I'd rather boast about the ones I've read.

great writers are indecent people
they live unfairly
saving the best part for paper.

good human beings save the world
so that bastards like me can keep creating art,
become immortal.
if you read this after I am dead
it means I made it.

Which of us has not felt that the character we are reading in the printed page is more real than the person standing beside us?

The good writers touch life often. The mediocre ones run a quick hand over her. The bad ones rape her and leave her for the flies.

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451

A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.

A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."
[
Letter to Max Brod
, July 5, 1922]

When Great Trees Fall
When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.
When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.
When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.
Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.
And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.

American writers    Death    I shall not be moved    Life    Maya angelou    Peace    Poem    Poems    Poet    Poetry    Poets    Soul    Souls    Trees    When great trees fall    Writers    Writing

No one says a novel has to be one thing. It can be anything it wants to be, a vaudeville show, the six o’clock news, the mumblings of wild men saddled by demons.

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.

Damn you, spoilt creature; I shan’t make you love me any the more by giving myself away like this.

I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they're going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there's going to be. They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up. The gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is, they know if planted a fantasy seed or mystery seed or whatever. But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don't know how many branches it's going to have, they find out as it grows. And I'm much more a gardener than an architect.

You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We build this place with the sand of memories; these castles are our memories and inventiveness made tangible. So part of us believes that when the tide starts coming in, we won't really have lost anything, because actually only a symbol of it was there in the sand. Another part of us thinks we'll figure out a way to divert the ocean. This is what separates artists from ordinary people: the belief, deep in our hearts, that if we build our castles well enough, somehow the ocean won't wash them away. I think this is a wonderful kind of person to be.

Read a thousand books, and your words will flow like a river.

There's an epigram tacked to my office bulletin board, pinched from a magazine -- "Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.

Writers remember everything...especially the hurts. Strip a writer to the buff, point to the scars, and he'll tell you the story of each small one. From the big ones you get novels. A little talent is a nice thing to have if you want to be a writer, but the only real requirement is the ability to remember the story of every scar.
Art consists of the persistence of memory.

Misery

Stephen King

Misery
Art    Hurts    Memory    Misery    Novels    Persistence    Remember    Requirements    Scars    Stephen king    Stories    Talent    Writers

Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written.

I do not love men: I love what devours them.

Horror    Life    Mankind    Writers

I remember when your name was just another name that rolled without thought off my tongue.
Now, I can’t look at your name without an abundance of sentiment attached to each letter.
Your name, which I played with so carelessly, so easily, has somehow become sacred to my lips.
A name I won’t throw around lightheartedly or repeat without deep thought.
And if ever I speak of you, I use the English language to describe who you were to me. You are nameless, because those letters grouped together in that familiar form….. carries too much meaning for my capricious heart.

Love    Love story    Memories    Names    Passion    Remembering    Sentiment    Thoughts    Writers    Your name

Every morning I jump out of bed and step on a landmine. The landmine is me. After the explosion, I spend the rest of the day putting the pieces together.

My favourite piece of information is that Branwell Brontë, brother of Emily and Charlotte, died standing up leaning against a mantle piece, in order to prove it could be done.
This is not quite true, in fact. My absolute favourite piece of information is the fact that young sloths are so inept that they frequently grab their own arms and legs instead of tree limbs, and fall out of trees.
However, this is not relevant to what is currently on my mind because it concerns sloths, whereas the Branwell Brontë piece of information concerns writers and feeling like death and doing things to prove they can be done, all of which are pertinent to my current situation to a degree that is, frankly, spooky.

What is your advice to young writers?
Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.

Hot Water Music

Charles Bukowski

Hot Water Music
Advice    Alcohol    Authors    Bukowski    Cigarettes    Drink    Funny    Humor    Ironic    Irony    Sarcasm    Sex    Smoke    Writers    Writing    Writing process

In order to write the book you want to write, in the end you have to become the person you need to become to write that book.

When male authors write love stories, the heroine tends to end up dead.

Ain't She Sweet?

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Ain't She Sweet?
Author    Authors    Books    Heroine    Love    Stories    Writers

Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot if difference. They don't have to makes speeches. Just believing is usually enough.

What is your advice to young writers?”
“Drink, fuck and smoke plenty of cigarettes.

Hot Water Music

Charles Bukowski

Hot Water Music
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Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have "essential" and "long overdue" meetings on those days. The funny thing is that, although writing has been my actual job for several years now, I still seem to have to fight for time in which to do it. Some people do not seem to grasp that I still have to sit down in peace and write the books, apparently believing that they pop up like mushrooms without my connivance. I must therefore guard the time allotted to writing as a Hungarian Horntail guards its firstborn egg.


I will be very careful the next time I fall in love
, she told herself. Also, she had made a promise to herself that she intended on keeping. She was never going to go out with another writer: no matter how charming, sensitive, inventive or fun they could be. They weren't worth it in the long run. They were emotionally too expensive and the upkeep was complicated. They were like having a vacuum cleaner around the house that broke all the time and only Einstein could fix it. She wanted her next lover to be a broom.

Sombrero Fallout

Richard Brautigan

Sombrero Fallout

A writer, I think, is someone who pays attention to the world."
[
Speech upon being awarded the Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels (Peace Prize of the German Book Trade)
, Frankfurt Book Fair, October 12, 2003]

I write to find strength.
I write to become the person that hides inside me.
I write to light the way through the darkness for others.
I write to be seen and heard.
I write to be near those I love.
I write by accident, promptings, purposefully and anywhere there is paper.
I write because my heart speaks a different language that someone needs to hear.
I write past the embarrassment of exposure.
I write because hypocrisy doesn’t need answers, rather it needs questions to heal.
I write myself out of nightmares.
I write because I am nostalgic, romantic and demand happy endings.
I write to remember.
I write knowing conversations don’t always take place.
I write because speaking can’t be reread.
I write to sooth a mind that races.
I write because you can play on the page like a child left alone in the sand.
I write because my emotions belong to the moon; high tide, low tide.
I write knowing I will fall on my words, but no one will say it was for very long.
I write because I want to paint the world the way I see love should be.
I write to provide a legacy.
I write to make sense out of senselessness.
I write knowing I will be killed by my own words, stabbed by critics, crucified by both misunderstanding and understanding.
I write for the haters, the lovers, the lonely, the brokenhearted and the dreamers.
I write because one day someone will tell me that my emotions were not a waste of time.
I write because God loves stories.
I write because one day I will be gone, but what I believed and felt will live on.

You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway."
[
Becoming a Writer/ The List
, O Magazine, November 2009]

Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.

A great writer reveals the truth even when he or she does not wish to.

You know how writers are... they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves.

Art    Writers    Writing

You don’t make art out of good intentions.

Art    Artists    Creativity    Writers    Writing

A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.

A writer should write what he has to say and not speak it.

Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.

Books can truly change our lives: the lives of those who read them, the lives of those who write them. Readers and writers alike discover things they never knew about the world and about themselves.

Time Cat

Lloyd Alexander

Time Cat
Books    Life    Readers    Reading    Writers

we write every day, we fight every day, we think and scheme and dream a little dream every day. manuscripts pile up in the kitchen sink, run-on sentences dangle around our necks. we plant purple prose in our gardens and snip the adverbs only to thread them in our hair. we write with no guarantees, no certainties, no promises of what might come and we do it anyway. this is who we are.

Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.

Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you're conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. He or she will recognize his or her life and truth in what you say, in the pictures you have painted, and this decreases the terrible sense of isolation that we have all had too much of.

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